Meet the team
Meet the team
My name is Alison Elms and I am the acting Team Manager of the Fostering Team. I have been a qualified Social Worker since 1995, and have experience of front line Child Protection Social Work and I have worked with young people leaving care. I have been in the Fostering Team since 2003 and am proud of managing such a hard working and dedicated Fostering Team.
My name is Carol Mitchell, I qualified in 1988 and have experience of working in a Mental Health Team and Substance Abuse Team prior to coming to work in the Poole Fostering Team in 2003. I enjoy working with foster carers who are dedicated and motivated to providing an excellent service to children who need their support.
I co-lead the preparation group for foster carers, “The Skills to Foster”, and also support and assess Social work students with their placements in the fostering team.
My name is Jane Magnien and I am a Family Placement Social Worker based within Poole Fostering Team. I have been a qualified Social Worker for the past thirteen years and have accrued a diverse portfolio of experience in front line Social Work within the Assessment, Safeguarding and Family Support Teams; and equally was a Senior Practitioner for the Assessment Team for a year. Having been based within the Fostering Team for the past two years, my role involves supporting prospective foster carers through the stages of assessment and through to Panel. Additionally I provide supervision and emotional support, alongside practical elements to new and experienced foster carers. I am also involved in the Standards Training and drop in sessions for foster carers, as well as the delivery of training and support groups for foster carers.
My name is Val Cramond and I have been in the Fostering Team since 2003. As a Social Worker in the Child in Care Team in the 1980s, I always had a lot of admiration and respect for the dedication and hard work of foster carers. After returning to Social Work after the birth of my own children, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to become a member of the Fostering Team and be instrumental in assessing and supervising foster carers.
My name is Tim Green I have worked in Fostering since 2001. Previously I was a social worker in another authority in both The Child Care and Adoption Teams. Recently my role changed and I now concentrate on Private Fostering. This occurs when a child, under the age of 16 or 18 if disabled, lives with an adult who is not a close relative for 28 days or more. This is a private arrangement between the parents and the carer and the child is not “looked after” by the Local Authority. However we have a duty to assess the situation to determine whether it is appropriate for the child and to provide advice/ assistance if necessary.
I am Jesse Joyce and I am Family Placement Social Worker. I qualified in 2012, and collected valuable experience working in Mental Health and Substance Misuse Services before joining the Fostering Team at Poole. I am actively involved in the Standards Training and other events run by the team. I really enjoy guiding prospective carers through the process of assessment to Panel, and going on to support them as ratified foster carers; it’s a privilege to be able to offer sustained and consistent support to carers, who can offer a first-hand insight into the challenges and rewards of caring for our children.
My name is Louise Reynolds and I am a Family Placement Social Worker based within the Fostering Team at Poole. After qualifying in 2008, I gained extensive experiences in different areas of childcare, including the Leaving Care and Child in Care Teams. I support prospective foster carers through the stages of assessment and through to Panel. One of my particular interests is the development of foster carer training and the recruitment of new carers.
My name is Rob Payne-Johns and I am a Family Placement Social Worker based in the Fostering Team in Poole. I have been qualified for sixteen years; and spent four and half of those in Fostering. Prior to joining the team, I was a Lecturer in Child Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation and a Senior Social Worker in Cardiff. I was the lead Social Worker for Wales and South-West England in the age assessments of unaccompanied children of Asylum Seekers and have been involved in training and development.
My name is Paula Saunders and I am a Social Care Support Worker based in the Fostering Team. I have been with the Fostering Team for the past two years, having gained valuable experience supporting families and foster carers in Leicester before moving down to Poole. I enjoy guiding new foster carers through the stage one enquiry process.
My name is Fran Ryan and I am a Social Care Support Worker based in the Fostering Team. My background is in frontline childcare in respite residential provisions and my role is to support Family Placement Social Workers in the Team; organise and run events; and assist in the residential placement searches.